Osteoarthritis and Uric Acid Levels

When Uric Acid levels are high, crystals can form which can lead to pain, swelling and damage in the tissues where they develop. The big toe is one of the most common areas affected by these crystals. This condition is referred to as gout, which can be classified as a type of inflammatory arthritis. Consuming alcohol and high fructose corn syrup can elevate uric acid and should be avoided in people with gout.
A recent study looked at people who had elevated levels of uric acid with no gout symptoms to determine if the excess uric acid was having any impact on joints. Patients in the study had a standing knee X-ray and uric acid blood test. The higher the level of uric acid was, the greater the progression of osteoarthritis. Further studies will need to be done to see if treatment to lower uric acid can help decrease progression of osteoarthritis.

Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health.  Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.

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